January 21, 2018


Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy -

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch -

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering -

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year -

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tong Garden Centre launches staff reward and recognition scheme -

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dogs met Santa at Squire’s -

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire -

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thieves steal thousands of pounds of stock from garden centre in Warmington -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hawkesmill luanches new Geum For 2018 -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres? -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks -

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hillier Celebrates Job-Creating Refurbishment

Hillier Garden Centre is celebrating the results of its refurbishment programme, which has contributed to improved sustainability and increased employment in Horsham. TV actor Richard Hawley, who stars in the new BBC drama Mayday, Hillier Garden Centre Manager Terry Clarke and Managing Director Andy McIndoe began a weekend celebration event (March 1-3) by presenting a cheque for £35,202 to the Alzheimer’s Society: their chosen charity for 2012. The celebrations continued with children’s entertainment and special offers on Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3. Chairman Robert Hillier OBE said: “What better way to celebrate our new developments than mark the…

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Scotts Miracle-Gro blazes a trail

As part of Scotts Miracle-Gro’s community outreach activities, they support charities that use gardening and horticulture as a great source of help and therapy. The latest charity project is Trailblazers. Trailblazers is a national charity that reduces re-offending among young people through providing volunteer mentors. A pilot has been launched at HMP/YOI Littlehey in Cambridgeshire to work with 60 young people to design and build a therapeutic garden. If this pilot is successful, similar projects will be launched in other youth offenders’ institutes across the UK. Even in its early stages, the project has had some great success: 100% of…

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125 Years In The Making – A History Of E.W King & Co

Ernest William King founded E.W. King & Co in 1888 when he was just 18 years old. His great grandfather, John King first started growing seeds in Essex in 1793 initially with just 3 acres of land, but it was greatly enlarged by John’s son, John Kemp King who set up his company called J K King seeds. John Kemp King married twice. William, the son from his first marriage, ran the family brewing business. The sons from his second marriage, Herbert and Leonard, went into the J K King family seed business. It was Williams son, Ernest who asked…

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Plenty of ‘Food for Thought’ at HTA Garden Centre Catering Conference

The key ingredient to creating a successful destination garden centre restaurant is to have a point of difference that set’s you apart from the rest’. This was the message from Alan Roper from the Blue Diamond Group at last week’s sell out HTA Garden Centre Catering Conference, sponsored by Vision Commercial Kitchens, which took place in Birmingham. The event brought together those involved in garden centre catering – from small independents to the larger chains. Catering continues to play a fundamental role in garden centres with some operations contributing as much as 35% to turnover in some outlets. HTA Market Information…

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Bad weather caused slow sales but sledges flew off the shelves

PEOPLE were reluctant to shop in garden centres during January (2013) due to the bad weather according to figures from The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Following strong sales in the lead up to Christmas (2012) garden centres saw a slower month in January with indoor departments showing the best sales figures. Peter Burks, Chairman of the GCA, explained: “Our members saw an excellent run of sales prior to Christmas so January was a bit of a downer due to the weather with sales coming through in dribs and drabs. “Indoor departments performed much better than…

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Call for garden centre exemption from Easter laws

MEMBERS of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are this month (March, 2013) calling for the Easter trading laws to be relaxed so gardeners can enjoy four days of uninterrupted sowing and planting. Under the 1994 Sunday Trading Act, retailers with 3,000 square feet of selling space cannot open on Easter Sunday despite being one of the busiest gardening weekends of the year. Peter Burks, Chairman of the GCA, explained: “Gardening is a family-friendly, relaxing pastime that brings people together and provides a wonderful respite from the stresses of modern life. It can be good for both mental and physical health….

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National Hardware Show in Las Vegas government funding secured by Gardenex

The Gardenex export federation has secured funding under the UK Trade & Investment’s Trade show Access Programme, which will provide £1,800 grants for eligible firms wishing to display their products at the National Hardware Show (NHS) in Las Vegas in 2013.  An important and popular sector of the show is the lawn, garden and outdoor living sector.  The 27,000 visitors to the National Hardware Show will be representing hardware chains, home centres, department stores, mail order/internet companies, mass merchandisers, garden centre chains and buying groups. The Gardenex export federation is organising a British group at this important show that is…

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Garden Centre Manager – Bath – Vacancy

Vacancy: Garden Centre Manager – Bath Employer: Hillier Garden Centre REF: GC08/0103 Job Location: Bath, North and East Somerset Description As Manager you will be responsible for the overall running of the garden centre and coffee shop, with the objectives of maximizing sales and profit. You will have a sound commercial outlook, making decisions that will maximise sales and profitability. You will be a skilled and experienced retailer, with an eye for detail ensuring that store standards of presentation and display are maintained within Hillier visual guidelines. You will be a good man manager, able to motivate, direct and inspire an enthusiastic…

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The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) restructures

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) restructures as part of its ongoing commitment to provide an efficient and cost effective service to members. As a result of that process Andrew Maxted is to leave the HTA this month after nine years in commercial and marketing roles at the industry trade association. “Working with and on behalf of HTA and its members has been an absolute privilege” Andrew commented.  “The garden industry is one of the most dynamic I know and it has been a pleasure to meet so many inspirational and entrepreneurial people over the past nine years.  The last 18…

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HTA announce Vinca as the plant of the month for March

Vinca is the UK’s plant of the month for March, according to the HTA As part of the “Spring into Summer in the Garden” campaign, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have named Vinca as their Plant of the Month for March. With its sky blue star shaped flowers and creeping arching stems, it makes an attractive and vibrant carpet of evergreen foliage throughout the spring season. Vinca minor is used as a very popular ground cover plant and is a smaller version of its vigorous relative, the greater periwinkle. Vinca minor’s leaves, flowers and growth rate are about two thirds…

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